The official motto of some obscure Air Force acquisitions office WAS, translated from Latin, “Doing God’s work with other people’s money.” Ha ha. They at least have a morose sense of humor about using taxpayer money to procure killing machines! UNTIL, that is, some cabal of whining atheists complained bitterly about the use of any reference to God, even in this joking context, and the inside-joke motto was changed to, “Doing miracles with other people’s money.” YAWN. The joke is kind of ruined! HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO THE RESCUE with a completely irony-free letter signed by 35 lawmakers demanding to know, “what are you atheists doing removing references to God from anything military?!?!” even though, like we mentioned, JOKE.
From the Religion News Service:
“The action taken by the RCO suggests that all references to God, regardless of their context, must be removed from the military,” the congressional letter states. “We ask that you reverse this perplexing decision.”
According to the lawmakers, all members of the bipartisan prayer caucus, the RCO patch logo previously included the motto “Opus Dei Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus” (Doing God’s Work with Other People’s Money), an inside joke among RCO members. Caucus members say it was changed to “Miraculi Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus” (Doing Miracles with Other People’s Money).
The letter argues that “courts consistently have upheld the constitutionality of our national motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ despite the obvious mention of God.”